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No young person with cancer left out

Our report, No young person with cancer left out, looks at the impact of cancer on young people’s education, employment and training.

No young person with cancer left out

It is the third in a series of reports and follows No child with cancer left out (2012) and No teenager with cancer left out (2013). The report also builds on previous research – More than my illness (2010) and Counting the Costs of Cancer (2011).

For this report we spoke to 205 young people aged 16 to 24 about how cancer had affected them, using a survey, focus groups and face-to-face interviews.

Our findings

Our report found a cancer diagnosis and treatment can have a significant impact on young people’s confidence, which can be a barrier to education, employment and training.

  • Two thirds (67%) said they were worried about the impact cancer would have on their education while 74% were concerned about the impact it would have on future employment
  • More than half (54%) of the young people said they were not fully confident about preparing for job interviews while 61% were concerned about how they should disclose the fact they had cancer on an application form
  • 30% of young people in employment did not know what adjustments they were entitled to at work while 24% disagreed their employer had made necessary adjustments for them.

For some young people, however, having cancer and going through treatment gave them a new perspective and new focus to achieve their ambitions.

What does CLIC Sargent do to help?

We provide information and support for young people to help them regain their confidence during and after cancer. We can help arrange work experience placements, speak to education providers and provide information and practical advice on finding employment.

CLIC Sargent Social Workers and Young People's Social Workers offer emotional, practical and financial support to young people, helping them take control of their lives.

The charity also introduced Young People’s Community Workers who are able to support young people within their own communities and help them build up the confidence to continue their education or get into employment.

Next steps

We will use the findings from this report to help develop our services for young people, particularly within their own communities.

We will:

  • Develop specialist information for post-16 education providers and employees
  • Raise awareness of the rights of young people with cancer at work, school, college or university
  • Continue to campaign with governments and policy makers to ensure young people who have experienced cancer receive the support they need to access education and employment
  • Help more young people access work experience opportunities and provide more CV writing and interview advice.

How you can help

Donate or raise funds for CLIC Sargent and you can help young people facing these challenges. Your money will:

  • Help us provide vital support to young people in education, employment and training through their cancer journey
  • Enable us to expand our services for young people
  • Help us share good practice with employers and education providers.

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